On Sunday, June 13 at 3 p.m., River Arts will present the film “Harold Garde, Working Artist” by Dale Schierholt, produced by the Museum of Florida Art with funding support from the Abram and Ray Kaplan Foundation. There will be a “talk back” with the Belfast artist regarding his strappo technique and other processes.

The short film was produced in conjunction with the touring exhibition “Harold Garde: 50 Years of Painting,” curated by Jeanne Dowis and on display at the University of Wyoming Art Museum through Aug. 21.

Garde has pursued his passion for painting for decades and finally is getting the recognition he deserves but has never sought. And while this acclaim has brought him joy, it has not changed him one bit — he still goes into his studio every day and paints only for himself.

Garde was born in New York City. After a stint in the Air Force, he received a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts from the University of Wyoming and later a master of arts in fine arts and art education from Columbia University. He taught at both the college and secondary school level while painting and exhibiting. In 1970, he had his first solo show in Huntington, N.Y, and continues to show and paint to this day, dividing his time between his studios in New Smyrna, Fla. and Belfast.

Garde got his start in abstract expressionism and much of that training remains with him today. He is interested in what paint can do, “making marks that expressively respond to my thoughts and actions.” However, unlike those of the abstract expressionists, Garde’s paintings move from the nonfigurative into the figurative. He continues to work on a painting until he finds an image that becomes an identifiable subject.

Although he learned sophisticated techniques, Garde strives for the simplest, most direct approach to painting, having no preconceived plan when beginning a painting and choosing acrylics because of easy application when painting on paper or canvas. He developed and teaches a dry image transfer strappo technique, a process whereby prints are made with the use of simple tools, acrylic paints and glass plates. Strappo has been recognized as a specific printmaking monotype procedure by the New York Metropolitan Museum, and a sample of the strappo image is in its print library collection.

Garde’s paintings go beyond the accepted; they are experiments in self discovery and, at 85 years old, he hopes his best work is yet to come.

River Arts is downtown at 170 Main St./Business Route 1. There will be a wine and cheese reception to meet the artist and filmmaker after the presentation. Suggested donation to benefit River Arts is $10. For more information about this and other River Arts activities, visit riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.